Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden named one of 38 ‘essential’ New England eateries

Ted’s Restaurant in Meriden named one of 38 ‘essential’ New England eateries


MERIDEN — Ted’s Restaurant, known for its steamed cheeseburgers for more than 50 years, is among 38 “essential restaurants” to visit in New England, according to a recent feature by Eater, an online publication dedicated to food news across the country.

A dozen New England-based food experts narrowed down “scores of outstanding restaurants” in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine to just 38, the article states.

Of the 38 restaurants, four are in Connecticut, including Ted’s Restaurant, 1046 Broad St. Joining Ted’s is Sally’s Apizza in New Haven, Sea Swirl in Mystic and The Place in Guilford.

The article notes that Ted’s Restaurant is the “home of the central Connecticut steamer, aka a steamed cheeseburger, made with pizzazz by this snug little shack since 1959.”

Meriden has become well-known for its steamed cheeseburgers. Kevin LaMay opened K LaMay’s Steamed Cheeseburgers on East Main Street over a decade ago after working at Ted’s.

“Meriden is known for a few things,” LaMay recently told the Record-Journal. “It used to be the Silver City, now it’s the Steam City.”

The article also highlights 10 restaurants in Maine, 12 in Massachusetts, 2 in New Hampshire, 5 in Rhode Island and 5 in Vermont.

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